FELIX GONZALES-TORRES "MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND" 1989
Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957-1996) is widely known for his quiet yet striking sculptures and installations.
Cuban-born and openly gay, Torres' involvement in cultural and political issues influenced his thematic exploration in the relationship between the public and private areas of life today.
Torres often communicates with a voice of activism in passive and subtle ways that have become highly influential. A noteworthy example is his 24 billboards installed in NYC; a photograph of an unmade bed with the imprints of two bodies. The piece was one of the many that highlighted the silent but agonizing effects of AIDS.
Gonzales-Torres has been exhibited across the world in some of the most prestigious venues: the Whitney Biennial (1991), the Sydney Biennial (1996), and the Venice Biennial (1993). Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Guggenheim and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. His public work has also been hosted in Brussels, Seoul, Hannover, and Frankfurt to name a few.
This work, a multiple that was part of an untitled installation/sculpture known as "Memorial Day Weekend" that is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
As the V&A explains: The prints were arranged in stacks, continually replenished throughout the duration of the exhibition. The artist intended visitors to help themselves to these prints which they could take... Dissemination of multiples is a characteristic feature of Gonzalez-Torres' exhibitions.
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